THE margin of victory were certainly contrasting in the two competitions taking place simultaneously at Settle Golf Club.

The Post Office Scratch Cup sees golfers with handicaps below 18 battle it out, while the remainder compete for the Lawson Trophy. The former is the only time that all the competitors have to play off scratch.

Current holder, and pre-competition favourite Stephen Robinson never quite managed to show the necessary consistency and, in the end, he was disappointed with his score of 91.

It was George Taylor's outstanding 84 that proved far too strong for the rest of the field, beating his nearest challenger, Dan Mellor by five clear shots. New member Mike Harrop took third spot with an solid 90.

The Lawson trophy proved to be a closer run affair with David Harrop and Ben Holmes both coming home with net 75s.

Harrop taking the trophy by virtue of having the better back nine. Alan Cobbold's net 77 proved good enough to take third place.

It was somewhat disappointing that considerable number of the competitors found the rough too punitive and this resulted in too many of them having to return no scores.